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Erin Brockovich: California water battle ‘woke me up’ 

Erin Brockovich: California water battle ‘woke me up’ 

Science
Courtesy Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich talks about her new case on "forever chemicals" in our water, and their potential wide-spread health impact. This story contains strong language.The name Erin Brockovich has become synonymous with those who investigate and hold corporations to account for polluting people's water.Actor Julia Robert's sassy film portrayal of the single mum's key role in winning the largest settlement ever awarded at the time for a direct-action lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), made her a household name. She did this without legal, medical, or scientific training. The case alleged contamination of the water with the carcinogen hexavalent chromium, in the southern California town of Hinkley. "Hinkley woke me up", says Brockovich. "Everyone sai...
US Open 2017: Brooks Koepka wins at Erin Hills to claim first major

US Open 2017: Brooks Koepka wins at Erin Hills to claim first major

Sports
American Brooks Koepka equalled the US Open's lowest winning score of 16 under to claim his first major at Erin Hills.Koepka had three successive birdies from the 14th to match the total set by Rory McIlroy when he won in 2011 on a par-71 layout compared to this par 72.His five-under 67 was only bettered by Japan's Hideki Matsuyama who posted 66 to tie for second on 12 under with overnight leader Brian Harman (72).England's Tommy Fleetwood, shot a level-par 72 to end fourth on 11 under.The 26-year-old from Southport, playing in just his second US Open, was unable to keep pace with playing partner Koepka on the front nine.The pair started Sunday's final round one off the lead but Koepka holed three birdies in his first eight holes, while Fleetwood followed a birdie on the second with three ...